Leonard Adrian

Leonard Adrian


Leonard Robert Adrian








December 17, 2019


Marine Corps




Leonard Adrian was born on April 6, 1950, to Kenneth and Dorothy Adrian in Great Bend, Kansas. His father was a WWII veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor. From birth, Leonard was taught three principles: love of God, country, and the importance of service.

At the age of 17, Leonard left high school to volunteer for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). When asked why he volunteered in the midst of a war, Leonard replied with no fanfare or desire for accolades, “Because it was my duty.”

Leonard went on to simultaneously complete his high school diploma while taking engineering courses for service within the USMC Air Wing. Therein, he calibrated the radar systems used for inflight deployment of various modes of strategic weaponry.

Leonard held an active HAM radio operator’s license, which, at that time, included the use of morse code. Once discovered, he was transferred from the air wing into the jungle to assist in the construction and operation of MARS stations.

Upon leaving active duty, Leonard served as a Southern California police officer (Los Angeles County and the City of Anaheim). After leaving police duty, he continued in public service as a traffic systems technician, independently overseeing the function and maintenance of more than 200 traffic signals under the jurisdiction of Brevard County, Florida.

After retiring, he volunteered at a Tennessee High School wherein he taught students various skills such as light construction and car maintenance.

On December 17, 2019, Leonard died suddenly. He had been exposed to agent orange and had endured cancer and ischemic heart disease as a result.

It can be said, without hesitation, that Leonard served the whole of his life seeing to the safety and wellbeing of others and living up to the Marine Corps motto of Semper Fi.


LEFT FOR Leonard Adrian
POSTED ON 2.2.2024
POSTED BY: Samuel Boshears

Master of All Trades

Leonard was not a man who was satisfied with knowing enough to get by but was driven to perfect the knowledge and skill required for whatever task he had set before himself. Sailor, engineer, carpenter, electrician, radar operator, pilot - these titles are few compared against his broad skillset and knowledge base. He was one of the few men of which I could honestly say that there was nothing beyond his grasp. It was an honor to know Him and learn from Him!
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POSTED ON 2.2.2024
POSTED BY: Maria Blackwell Roberts

A great teacher

Leonard Adrian, or as I lovingly called him - Boss Man, was one of a kind. He was firm, but patient with me whenever teaching me something new like how to use a drill or how to put transmission fluid and oil into my car. As a high school student those lessons were solid. He was gentle and kind to me, and I greatly respected him. Though a man of few words, his actions spoke louder than any of the words I ever heard him say. I know my life is better for knowing him, and his legacy will carry on through those he bettered.
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POSTED ON 2.1.2024
POSTED BY: Kevin Kemmerling

Missing a Friend

Leonard Adrian was one of my best friends even though we didn’t live nearby. I always knew he had my back. We worked together for years even through hurricanes. He was truly a good friend and person. I miss him every day.
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POSTED ON 2.1.2024
POSTED BY: Sue Vernick

Observations from a fellow volunteer

My memories of Leonard involve how he was when working with students. They needed his expertise, but he never talked down to them. Instead, he helped them perform a task by demonstrating what needed to be done, but he never took over. He only did as much as was necessary for them to learn and then waited to see if they understood. When necessary, he offered them additional help but never in a way that made them feel insecure or inadequate. His whole goal was to help them work independently of him. We might have been building a float or a set for a play, but the skills needed to do so were important in real life, and he wanted the students to master them. He respected them, and they respected him.
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POSTED ON 2.1.2024
POSTED BY: George J. Knauer

Remembering my Father-in-law

Leonard knew how to do so many things, but it wasn’t enough that he knew how to do these things in isolation. He wanted you to know how to do them too, and he was a patient and kind teacher.
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